Dallas Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott was forced to warm the bench over the weekend. Having recorded a series of disappointing performances, Zeke was recently dealt another losing hand in the form of an injury, forcing Tony Pollard to step up.
Elliott, a 3-time Pro Bowler, has disappointed this season. His current average is lower than it could ever be (3.9 yards per carry). The worst reason of all being his age, he lacks burst at the age of 25. And his injury did him no favors either.
Tony Pollard, in his very first career game, managed 2 touchdowns and a total of 132 yards. If it wasn’t for him, it was quite possible that the Cowboys wouldn’t have won it (41-33). He even had 12 carries for 69 yards and 2 touchdowns.
The Memphis product also had 6 receptions for 63 yards. All his efforts made sure to keep the Cowboys’ hopes of staying alive in the NFC East. The game that Pollard brought to the field wasn’t perfect.
There were a lot of struggles amongst the players and Pollard at first. They mainly struggled to power up the middle against the San Francisco 49ers front. This provided the Cowboys with 8 and 13 rushing yards in the second and the third quarter.
But early or late in the game, the Cowboys with the help of Pollard made it their own. They earned the victory over the 49ers. It was as if Pollard had changed the entire game around. He was extremely explosive.
Even though they made mid-game runs for -1, 1, and 2 yards, he did not stop for once to hit those holes hard. Pollard’s burst paid off with the 40-yard run that added to a 30-yard play at the end of the first quarter. Pollard’s easy touchdowns really helped the Cowboys get a lead.
It’s clear that Pollard is better for the Cowboys when placed against Elliott, but the Cowboys owner does not see it that way; not yet. On 105.3 The Fan when asked if Elliott is missing Pollard’s burst, he denied the comparison by saying they both are different.
Jones needs to see whether his weapon can live up to his expectations because right now he is not in form. He has just 285 receiving yards and 832 rushing yards, which are way below his standards.